As an REI multi-day adventure guide you will lead groups of clients on outdoor adventures across the country. You will be staffed on either hiking, backpacking, road cycling, or mountain biking trips with accommodation styles ranging from basic camping to high-end lodge-based trips. REI guides are professionals who are seeking a career in the industry. Our guides focus on providing unparalleled customer service, food quality, well researched and delivered local interpretation, and have the skill and demeanor to facilitate a safe and fun experience for our guests.
MDT Guide Profile:
Working as an outdoor adventure guide means long days, hard work, big income swings from month to month, 50-200 days a year away from home, and constantly putting your customer service skills to the test. Adventure guiding also means having some of the most beautiful, iconic destinations as your “office,” and getting the opportunity to take our guests on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, every week. To be successful as a multi-day tour guide at REI you need to be well rounded, never satisfied with good enough, passionate about people, passionate about the outdoors, and ready for every day to offer a new and exciting challenge.
Strong team player
Drive to continually improve and not settle for good enough
Ability to seek out learning opportunities
Ability to work with constructive criticism
Thorough, accurate, and timely with all projects and paperwork
Professionalism and dedication to guest satisfaction
Drive a 15 passenger van and trailer with guests
Excellent outdoor cooking skills; providing 3 meals a day for groups of 4-20 people
Lead activities such as hiking or biking daily during a trip
Provide for the safety and health of a group of people in the backcountry
Work well with an entire team of guides
Provide in-depth knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the areas we operate
Be on call 24/7 for our clients while on a trip
Complete tour related paperwork accurately and on time
Locations we guide:
We hire guides to work in multiple locations across the country. Each of these regions has a unique seasonality that allows many of our employees to find the right balance for them. If you’re looking for year-round work, we have that opportunity as well.
Montana/Wyoming - Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier
California - Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Joshua Tree
Colorado - Rocky Mountains, etc.
Utah - Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, etc.
Nevada - Death Valley
Arizona - Grand Canyon, Sedona, Superstitions, Aravaipa, etc.
East Coast - Shenandoah, etc.
At least 18 years of age
Strong leadership and communication skills with guests of different ages and backgrounds
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Adult CPR certification (necessary by start date)
Food Handlers certification (necessary by start date)
Leave No Trace certification (necessary by start date)
Competency in at least two of the following:
Clean driving record
Clean background check
Willingness to relocate to operational area
Meet all employment requirements
At least 25 years of age (required by our insurance if driving guests)
2+ years professional experience in guided adventure travel
Expertise in at least one of the locations we operate in
About REI Co-Op Experiences
Our team at REI works hard to provide the best adventure experiences possible to our guests. We bring a unique brand of professionalism, experience, and appreciation for the great outdoors to our adventure trips so that travelers always feel prepared, safe, and confident on every trip we lead. REI is unique among adventure travel companies, all of our guides are REI employees that we vet rigorously and train carefully, and they take very detail of our trips seriously.
Established in 1990, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) today is widely recognized as a vital leadership voice and partner for the adventure travel industry around the world. The membership and trade organization is designed to be a force for the industry and exists to drive thought leadership, industry promotion, and opportunities to network and convene globally to create trade and business health. It currently serves more than 1,000 members in 100 countries worldwide. The constituency is made up of tour operators, tourism boards, specialty agents, and accommodations all sharing a vested interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism. Through its growing business services division, the ATTA delivers a portfolio of strategic solutions and a robust ecosystem of events around the globe. With specialized expertise in research, events, education, media, and promotion, the ATTA business service division is able to provide valuable solutions to a broad set of partners across many verticals of business.